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Will all six episodes on one DVD, ZAZ fans can get reacquainted with a series that was arguably ahead of its time. In addition to the rib-tickling disparity between onscreen episode titles and narrated titles, and "special guest stars" (including William Shatner, Robert Goulet, Lorne Greene, and others) who get killed in the opening credits, loyal viewers could count on a weekly dose of hilarity from Nielsen, North, and their supporting players. Character actor William Duell appeared each week as shoeshine boy "Johnny the Snitch," capable of answering literally any question if you repeatedly greased his palm (a gag that led to info-seeking cameo appearances by Dick Clark, Dr. Joyce Brothers, baseball manager Tommy Lasorda, and others). And while original Mission: Impossible costar Peter Lupus poked fun at himself as the dim-witted Det. Norberg (later played by O.J. Simpson in the Naked Gun movies), Ed Williams--an actual high school science teacher--is hilarious as "Mr. Wizard"-like lab technician Ted Olson, who dispenses dubious science lessons to unsuspecting children. The fast-paced barrage of humor guaranteed that every episode would deliver as many hits as misses, and while some of the jokes have lost their punch, Police Squad! still delivers the belly-laughs... and always will, as long as humans have an appetite for shameless stupidity. --Jeff Shannon
On the DVD
Two episode commentaries by the Zucker brothers, Jim Abrahams, and producer Robert K. Weiss are good for a laugh, as the ZAZ team laughs at their own material and recalls the rigors of a 5-day shooting schedule, battles with network censors (also outlined in the revealing "Production Memo Highlights" feature), and the never-shown "celebrity guest death" of John Belushi, who actually died shortly after the gag was filmed. Comedian and writer Robert Wuhl's commentary is more autobiographical and somewhat perfunctory (he barely remembers the episode he wrote), but contains a few nuts-and-bolts details about the show's production. The 10-minute Leslie Nielsen interview shows the gracefully aging star in fine form as he recalls his affinity for the ZAZ brand of humor; the brief gag reel offers about a dozen on-set bloopers (several from crude workprint sources); "Behind the Freeze Frames" is an extended outtake to illustrate the elaborately faked "freeze frame" gag that ended each episode; and "Celebrity Death Shots" is a list of guest-star death gags proposed (and mostly used) for the series. Also included are casting tests for Alan North and Ed Williams, and an animated producers' photo gallery of Police Squad! sets, props, and scenery. --Jeff Shannon
If you like the Naked Gun movies, you have to watch the original source material.Published 1 day ago by David R Szmigiel
Love Leslie Neilson. These are some of my favorite movies. Laughter is good for you.Published 29 days ago by Bonnie Jean Thompson
I forgot how funny this show was. You do have to watch it to get all of the gags.Published 1 month ago by Gene P. Mcfarland
This series should have lasted a lot longer than only six episodes. Classically hilarious humor that you had to watch carefully to fully appreciate. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mr. Dana
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|Certain parts of different than the VHS releases||
The reason is because the studio couldn't (or wouldn't) get the rights clearance to use the aforementioned music in the original VHS edition. Apparently they've ponied up the money for the DVD releases.
I think you've got it backwards. With or without the rights to use... Read More
Feb 9, 2009 by Graeme Cree | See all 7 posts
|Why it Bombed||
Your'e joking of course. Not sure why this show failed but it certainly wasn't because it took too much effort to watch.
The sight gags were the most obvious thing. This show is still much better than a lot of comedies on today.
Dec 16, 2006 by M. Hansen | See all 14 posts
|Where's the lost Belushi episode?||
The Belushi footage is not on the DVD. In "Special features" They (The Zuckers)explain why in one of the commentaries. Apparently Belushi's segment was shot a few months prior to his death, and by the time the show was ready to air, he had died so they pulled his segment. It would be... Read More
Nov 10, 2006 by James C. Suss | See all 5 posts
|Blu ray and/or Remastered Digital, one day, hopefully (and with English...||
I thought English SDH subtitles were legally required these days!
Aug 20, 2013 by Arya | See all 3 posts
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